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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 29, 2010 5:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ipod

Yep, you'll need to click and drag all your Dead show files into iTunes. Once there you can automatically update the iPod with the new files. Also, don't forget to highlight all the songs in individual files once in iTunes and then hit the convert to gapless, this will remove all the gaps between tracks. And if you want to save room and fit more shows on the iPod, also convert the iTunes files to AAC from MP3; this will condense the files a little more and make for more room.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Dec 29, 2010 7:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ipod

Dumb iTunes question. Is there a way to get genres into their own sensible categories, so they're not all on the main page? If you try to make a playlist, it's a long list of songs. Which of course is stupid. You can't seem to make playlists with lists of albums (so that I could have, say, bluegrass, 60s GD, 70s GD, etc.) I've googled to try to figure this out and just don't get anywhere!

Btw, when I synch my iPod I go through and "check selection" and "uncheck selection" based on what I feel like hearing. Otherwise, if you have a lot of music on your iTunes library, it'll choose for you. And I definitely don't think like an iPod.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Dec 29, 2010 8:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ipod

You're pointing out all the limitations of iTunes. You can of course, manually edit the genre for each song, but that doesn't help a lick in terms of the main window. The main page and the way it sorts and lists are giant drawbacks in iTunes. (Mine is huge, with well over 10,000 songs, takes forever to scroll through it.) To make playlists with groupings of albums, it's all manual - start a new playlist, then drag & drop all the songs from each album into the playlist. Tedious.

I've turned off the synching feature for all the regular music, since much of our library is not my stuff - I just drag & drop to the iPod. It's a little harder to manage all of it with multiple users. I hate synching, but it's necessary for podcasts.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Dec 29, 2010 9:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ipod

All the songs from each album? Oy vay. What I end up doing is manually editing the name of bands/artists that aren't GD, so that I make it, for instance, "artist: Railroad Earth," "artist: Peter Rowan," etc, which at least means that stuff that isn't GD "starts" with A and thereby precedes my comically long freight-train like rows of GD shows. (Not as long as SDH's list, but nearly 200.) Otherwise I have to scroll through all the GD to find anything else after the letter G.

But it's really unwieldy and stupid. You'd think they'd have figured out by now that not everyone just plays individual songs. I'd like to be able to do genre categories. Not to complain, of course. I love my iPod!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 29, 2010 10:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ipod

Like uj , I have 10K in itunes, about half GD/Jerry. It is a major pain in the butt the way itunes is configured. It leads to much clicking and dragging and a really long play list to the left. It took a long time to go through and make play lists of individual shows and I still have shows I have not created a play list for. I make an effort to listen to everything once a year and I still had thousands of unlistened to songs this year. I know it's like pouting during a bumper crop. We are lucky to have such problems.

itunes and Netflix are just begging for competition as they both have not upgraded formats (and in Netflix case, reduced service while maintaining their price points). I am looking to jump ship on both. Come on entrepreneurs!

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Dec 29, 2010 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ipod

10k what? Albums?!?

Edit: Ok, I'm guessing you mean tunes. (Though hereabouts, people COULD have 10k albums of various things, so maybe you do ...) You probably know this, but if you click on View and organize by Grid, the shows will appear as albums. (And other albums will appear as albums, too, of course.) That way there's no dragging and dropping, and you don't need playlists on the left. Though sensible playlists would be nice, since they'd function as categories.

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2010-12-29 19:15:55

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Dec 29, 2010 2:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ipod

What Utopian said. Right-click a song and then click Get Info. On the Info tab, you can select a Genre at the bottom of the page. I think you can even type in new genres and it will auto-save it. To lighten the load, you can select multiple songs (multiple albums worth) and then do the Get Info bit. Once you got that, create a Playlist for a Genre. Then sort your list by genre by clicking the Genre column heading. After that, you can multiple-select the genre and drag the songs to the created Playlist. And then you can do the Shuffle. Hope this is what you're looking for.

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Dec 30, 2010 6:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ipod

I believe I am echoing what DH says, but...let's say (hypothetically) someone has all soundboards 66 - 84. Create Genres like 68 GD, 69 GD, etc. Then multiple select (shift-click) all 69 soundboards and label with 69 GD Genre. In View, make sure Genre is selected, then sort by Genre and/or Search by 69 GD and viola!

Did this make any sense? It is how I do it.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 29, 2010 7:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ipod

Sensible categories? I've not found a way to do this myself. I get by with just a lot of manual labor. And your right about checking and unchecking shows. I think I've got about 350 GD shows in iTunes plus all my other music. Can't fit all of it on the iPod, so on the Sunday before the next month starts(more or less), I'll sit down and pick which group of shows and other artist I'll be listening to that month.

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Poster: utopian Date: Dec 29, 2010 12:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ipod genres

To load an iPod
You must add folders from your internal or better yet external hd to library
Use control a to select multiple shows
Then Sync

Genres;
control a or shift a to highlight all the files you want( an entire album/ artist etc).
Right click while highlighted.
Choose Get info
....this way you can work with many files at once.

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Poster: fourempties Date: Dec 31, 2010 9:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ipod genres

1. Create a PLAYLIST first- name it GD 77-02-26 for example.
2. Download the files.
3. Drag them into the Playlist. You may need to arrange them in the right order.
4. Repeat for the rest of the shows you download.

The PLAYLIST function of iTunes is perfect for organizing shows. Then, get an Alpine head unit and you can hook up your iPod directly to it and control everything right on the head unit. And your Playlist names show up perfectly on the display because you have named them as shown above. They are all in chronological order. Easy as wind!!!

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